For some people, the ‘new normal’ might be adjusting to life working at home which can expose all kinds of emotions such as bouts of loneliness due to a lack of team camaraderie or feeling frustrated. Remember, it’s perfectly OK to feel this way and everyone reacts differently to different circumstances. Here’s our top tips to help you keep yourself mentally healthy:
Create a routine and stick to it
Everyone needs structure in their personal and professional life to stay focused and get things done, so it’s important when working remotely to create a daily schedule, organise your tasks and outline your goals. By doing this, you will mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead but be sure to schedule regular breaks.
Say ‘no’ from time to time
It’s important to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and taking on new responsibilities can be a great way to grow professionally, however it’s important to know your limits. If you’re overloaded don’t be afraid to say no - be assertive yet polite about your capabilities.
Talk about your worries
Truth is, the ‘new normal’ isn’t normal and if you’re feeling scared, vulnerable or anxious - chances are others in your network feel the same and it’s completely natural given the current circumstances. Talking to people you trust about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and if you don’t want to talk to someone you know, the NHS have plenty of mental health resources.
Make time for yourself
Separating your work life from your personal life can be a tougher task at home but scheduling time for yourself each day is key for keeping your mental health in check. Whether it’s reading, writing, exercising, meditating or listening to music or podcasts – take the time for yourself and relax.
Limit your news consumption
Everyone wants to stay well-informed on the current situation and any changes, however consuming too much media content can influence your emotions. Focus on the information you need to know and ask yourself how much information online adds value to your decisions and behaviours.
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